Sunday, April 7, 2013
In 2099, North America is a police state ruled by megacorpations (most prominent being Alchemax). Prior to the comics starting, there weren't any active superheroes. Present-day superheroes have basically become apotheosized (for example, there is the Church of Thor). Present-day in the Marvel universe has been retroactively been dubbed "Age of Heroes". This ended to due to a disaster that "set back society". However since Spider-Man 2099 went back in time and stopped the disaster, the 2099 world became a parallel timeline.
The main currency of this world is used by "cards" (ID / credit implants). The main types of cards are aluminum, gold and platinum. There is a fourth type: black. Black cards give their owners immunity to the law and unlimited funds. If people are "decreed", they are denied access to many public services and places.
The company was founded with following titles Punisher 2099, Ravage 2099, Doom 2099 and Spider-Man 2099. The latter being the most popular. Due to fan request, we got X-Men 2099 and Hulk 2099 in a new titled 2099 Unlimited. The universe was expanded with Ghost Rider 2099. They decided to have Doctor Doom, who was accidentally sent to the year 2099, take over the United State. Doctor Doom (using a Captain America impostor as president) had several superheroes (Punisher, Hulk and several b-list heroes) killed off. Due to editor Joey Cavalieri being fired, much of the creative team decided to quit as an act of protest. In an attempt to save the line, Marvel 2099 launched the X-Nation 2099 and Fantastic Four 2099 titles. All the titles ended up being canceled and replace with the single title 2099: World of Tomorrow. It was canceled after eight issue effectively destroying the imprint. Marvel later published a completely unrelated comic Marvel Knights 2099.